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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015  
Friday, December 18, 2015 - 7:00 pm alt
Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 1:00 pm alt
Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm alt
Hippodrome Theatre  

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Moscow Ballet’s award-winning dancers bring the holiday season to life in Baltimore, MD!


Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 2 in Baltimore for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker accompanied by Conductor Lee Mills leading Concert Artists of Baltimore Orchestra and with American Kodaly Children’s chorus (Saturday only)  at Hippodrome Theatre on Friday December 18,7:00pm and Saturday, December 19, 1:00 and 5:00pm. 

The ultimate holiday tradition for the youngest to the seniors in every family, seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker creates holiday memories that last a lifetime. Moscow Ballet’s company of almost 40 dancers is the only internationally touring ballet group to perform to critical acclaim in over 75 North American cities annually. The renowned, award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet thrill audiences with their expertise, dramatic expression and stunning leaps, drops and turns. The production is known for its dedication to world peace placing Act II in the “Land of Peace and Harmony,” featuring a cannon that shoots roses and a stunning 2-dancer “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. All ages feel the spirit of the season at Great Russian Nutcracker performances through the beauty of romantic hand-sewn costumes, 9 shimmering backdrops with authentic splashes of Russian history and fanciful effects such as; life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls; a 3-headed Rat King and a Troika Sleigh ride through the magical Snow Forest (with falling snow) escorted by Father Christmas and Snow Maiden.

Tickets start at $30.00. Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts by calling 800-320-1733. Seniors 65+, Military and AAA discounts are available at the theater box office with appropriate identification. For Gold Circle Gift Package and single tickets call Ticketmaster 800-745-3000 or go to

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow  Ballet's 2015 Performances!

altA total of 60 student dancers will be selected to perform side-by-side with the professional company of 40 Russian dancers. Moscow Ballet “Dance with Us” Audition Director Carolina Siscanu will be present to rehearse the children. Students are cast in ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. Moscow Ballet is pleased to work with Moving Company Dance Center in Baltimore to make the open audition, rehearsals and performances possible.  Applicants must be between 7 and 16 years old, have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. The experience of working and performing with professional ballerinas is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for aspiring dancers. “The payoff at the end of the rehearsals is the opportunity to be part of Christmas magic, to dance under shimmering lights with award-winning Russian dancers against exquisite hand-painted sets. It’s great for the kids. They get to dance in a professional production,” affirms Margaret Engle of Charlottesville Ballet School.

The Moving Company Dance Center (MoveCo, LLC) provides professional dance instruction to dancers of all ages and abilities. In our classes of ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, and hip hop, we challenge and support our students to reach their artistic and technical promise. Our goal is to foster a lifelong love and appreciation of dance and to train well prepared, technically proficient dancers in a warm and nurturing atmosphere. Our classes are small allowing our devoted and accomplished teachers to provide individualized attention. We invite you to come visit us to experience the creative atmosphere and be inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of our students and teachers.

The American Kodály Children’s Chorus joins Moscow Ballet!

altThe American Kodály Children’s Chorus will accompany the Moscow Ballet dancers in the Waltz of the Snowflakes at the end of Act I in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Saturday, December 19 at 1pm and 5pm. The chorus is dedicated to offering high quality music training, in a nurturing environment, to children in the greater Baltimore metropolitan area. Current choristers range from age 8 to 18 and attend public and private, and home school programs. The chorus strives for excellence by providing students with vocal pedagogy-based choral and solo singing Instruction; the Kodály Method and play-based musicianship coursework and local, regional, and international performance opportunities.  The chorus is in residence at the Bryn Mawr School and is administered by Dr. Alyson Shirk. In addition to her work at AKCC and Bryn Mawr, Dr. Shirk is a frequent choral clinician, adjudicator, and master class teacher.

"Sheer splendor and elegant dancing."
Baltimore Sun


The Hippodrome Theatre, now a part of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, first opened its doors in 1914 as a movie palace. Vaudeville performances were held there, too, featuring such legends as Red Skelton and Benny Goodman. The building underwent renovations in the early 1960s, reopening with the regional premiere of the film Cleopatra. The theater was closed for a short time in the 1990s, as the venue's popularity waned.

Today, the Hippodrome has regained its popularity and regularly hosts a variety of events, from Broadway productions to concerts to comedy shows.


Concert Artists of Baltimore

“Count on Concert Artists of Baltimore to keep things interesting.” — Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun


Founded by Edward Polochick and now in its 29th season, Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB) consists of a professional chamber orchestra and professional chamber chorus. The full ensembles are featured in The Maestro Series, with performances this season at the Gordon Center For Performing Arts and St. Pius X Church.

CAB also offers chamber music, The Mansion Series, with performances at The Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. This series showcases smaller forces, such as a quartet or small vocal group, and often features unique repertoire.

The orchestra and chorus are frequently hired for performances throughout the region by other organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Baltimore, Moscow Ballet, the Baltimore Basilica, Temple Oheb Shalom, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, McDaniel College, St. Louis Church, The Holocaust Museum, The Visionary Arts Museum, The Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, and Catholic Charities. When larger forces are needed, such as when the singers of Concert Artists perform Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra each year, the chorus expands to the Concert Artists Symphonic Chorale.
The 2014-15 season featured a groundbreaking collaboration with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society at 2640 Space, a partnership that continues with Convergence Maximus II: Operatic Overdrive in February 2016.

The mission of Concert Artists of Baltimore is to present classical music performances of well-known and lesser-known composers by an elite professional chorus and chamber orchestra, thus providing a visceral music experience to audiences in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area. In 2015 Concert Artists of Baltimore was one of 20 Baltimore arts organizations chosen by the DeVos Institute through a competitive application process to participate in “Capacity Building Baltimore”.

altConductor Lee Mills was recently appointed as Assistant Conductor to the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra;  was named winner of the Solti Foundation U.S. 2014 Career Assistance Award and is internationally recognized as a multifaceted and energetic conductor. At the invitation of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop, he received the prestigious BSO-Peabody Institute Conducting Fellowship in 2011. Mr. Mills was founding Music Director of the Divertimento Chamber Orchestra in Walla Walla, Washington, and Music Director of the Towson University Symphony Orchestra. His recent conducting engagements include Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Gran Teatro La Fenice, Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, and Concert Artists of Baltimore with Moscow Ballet. In spring 2013 Mills conducted the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice productions of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così Fan Tutte.

Recently, Mr. Mills was featured in a master class with David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony during the 2013 League of American Orchestras Conference. He was subsequently invited to conduct alongside Maestro Robertson in the highly acclaimed U.S. Premiere of John Cage’s 30 Pieces for 5 Orchestras with the Saint Louis Symphony. In 2012, Mr. Mills was selected by Aldeburgh Music to serve as Conducting Fellow for the Britten Pears Orchestra, and he was also invited from out of 400 applicants to participate in the highly selective Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt, Germany, where he conducted and worked with the Alte Oper Frankfurt Orchestra.


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